Port Macquarie Backpackers


Port Macquarie Backpackers

2 Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Bus 322, 325 (stop: Oxley Highway before Hastings River Drive)
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(02) 6583 1791
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Lovely hostel, laid back and relaxing.
8 April 2011
Cons
Port Macquarie isn't the MOST exciting place
Pros
Very well run by a backpacker.
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Well, we came here to spend a night before moving further north and we ended up staying a week! This is the best hostel I've stayed in so far in Australia. Clean rooms, clean kitchen with lots of space and spacious communal areas. The selection of DVDs could use an injection of something better but if it hadn't rained so much I doubt this would have bothered me! Would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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one word- AMAZING!!!!
2 March 2010
Cons
nothing
Pros
the owner, the manager, the hostel all great!!!
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informative staff, very good atmosphere, pool table/room is so funny! the duvets are great! the manager took us to see some wild kangeroos which was so good! there are discounts for dominos pizza and ice cream from baskins-robins! always clean, pick up was on time and the drive to the hostel was more of a tour also! free internet, free breakfast, free bodyboard hire, free pool table, free fun and free smiles from all the staff!!!!! love it!!! :)

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Everything you could want from a hostel
27 November 2009
Cons
TBC
Pros
PPL, Free internet, Free Breakfast, Comfy beds, Pool, Viranda, Clean!
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Great hostel, with good facilities. Owner collects you from bus depo then talks you through all cool stuff you can do whilst in town. Discount at Dominos pizza, chilled out atmosphere, makes you feel ritgh at home! Nice and tidy to, high standards in cleaning are always a bonus! :p :D

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Most genuine and personal hostel I've stayed in....Tony is ace!!!!
16 October 2009
Cons
the pool table has no pockets....LOL
Pros
as above
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:D

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best hostel i stayed in along the east coast!
23 March 2009
Cons
the pool table has no pockets!ha ha adds to the character thou!
Pros
the friendly atmosphere,staff everyone treated as an adult not just a number!
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i must say that it was the best hostel i stayed in along the east coast, it had a real nice feel about the place think that had some thing to do with it being an old house, not one of these big high rise buildings with loads of rooms! because it was small in size was better everyone got to no each other and good friendships were formed,on a chilled night on the veranda or a quite boozy one your choice, everyone was made welcome the staff were friendly and helpful also they new everyones name which makes a change to walk past the office and a voice come out and say morning.nathan..........! it was like home from home, i booked to stay 2 nights ended up staying 3 months and could have stayed there longer! i would recomend this hostel to anyone and if you go there see tony and get on the trip they do from there "kangeroo camping" you wont ever see anything like this in a national park,nature walks,kayaking or just lazing on the 11km beach with beautiful sights! then later wonder up to your luxuary tent and relax with a beer, bbq, and sit in amazement at the kangeroos around you while you eat! all in there natural surroundings! i could not get over it think it should be in the lonely planet as some thing you should do up the east coast! people you are missing out!

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Awsome place! we would have stayed for a month if we had time!!
7 October 2008
Cons
Cant think of anything!
Pros
owner really friendly & welcoming, bright, clean, fun, tidy, free net & free breakfast!
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We arrived and tony the owner was waiting for us, which was really good after a 5 hr coach trip! He showed us round and let us settle in. The hostel is perfect, by far the best one we have stayed in, clean, tidy etc. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm, was overall a friendly and modern place. All 3 of us have thouroughly enjoyed our time here. The town is within easy stroling distance, and has everything you would need. The coast walking is brilliant, and we really enjoyed the koala hospital. Would def stay here again. :D

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Had the best time and would definately come back
13 July 2008
Cons
winter -being cold
Pros
free pick up from the coach station, free brekkie & internet, tv room, very spcacious kitchen
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We called Tony (the hostel owner) from our coach, he kindly picked us up and showed us around the hostel. Our plan was to stay just two nights but we have ended up staying four. We had a great time, went for a long walk along the beaches met some locals down flynns beach and they took us out to see some of port macquarie beautiful views, went whales watching and had a few drinks on saturday night down the irish tavern. Met some more locals that took us out on their helicopter. Maybe we are extremly lucky but we've had the best time. The hostel is in a great location and has a good vibe. The balcony is great for chilling and the kitchen and bathrooms are clean and spacious. The shower is amazing!!! Tony is very approachable and helpful and provides free breakfast and internet as well as free usage of the bikes (depending on lenght of stay). I would highly recommend it to anyone travelling in the area, as hastings river is beautiful for walks and can't wait to see the koala's feed this afternoon.

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A very pleasant and friendly stay.
3 July 2008
Cons
Nothing that springs to mind
Pros
Good location, friendly atmosphere, free internet, manager is very helpful
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If you are looking for a good hostel that is reasonably priced and within good reach of all the things to see and do in Port Macqaurie then this is the hostel for you. You are collected from the coach stop by the owner himself, which gives you a very friendly and personal feeling on your arrival. He will be honest with you and tell you all you need to know about the area etc. The facilities are clean and tidy and set in an older style building. There is free breakfast, tea & coffee and internet which all helps when your backpacking. So if you are looking for a fun, small & personal hostel then go to Port Macqaurie Backpackers. ;)

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A really excellent hostel, highly reccommended
5 June 2008
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None
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I stayed here with my boyfriend for 2 nights in June 2008 and we had an excellent time here. The hostel is a great size, not crowded at all. We stayed in a double room which was very clean. I am surprised at people who have said the place was dirty because that was not true for us at all, the place is spotless, cleaned daily and the bedlinen changed every time someone moves out. There is free breakfast, free internet and a 'Name that tune' contest every day where you can win money. The owner/manager, Tony couldn't have been more helpful, telling you absolutely everything you need to know and gives lifts whenever needed. I would reccommend anyone to stay here, the atmosphere is superb. :D

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Had a very unpleasant experience-wouldn't go back!
29 January 2007
Cons
Poor location:noisy/far to beach! Small dorm rooms.
Pros
house is possibly historic, but so changed as to render null
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I stayed at this hostel once before and those owners were very nice. The current owner is very manipulative, rude and aggressive toward anyone he doesn't like. He hits on the women and is hostile towards guys unless they suck up to him! He was rude and dismissive toward me and attemped to humiliate me, which I wouldn't tolerate! I caution anyone against staying at this hostel unless you enjoy bieng abused and pushed around.

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Laid back place where you get to know everybody
13 December 2006
Cons
Lack of security
Pros
You get know everyone
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The hostel despite being in need of some work is a really relaxed place to stay and although there is very little security i wasn't concerned about this. Tony the manager can seem abit unapproachable and definately seems to favour the female clientel but he is a character. I really enjoyed how you got to know everyone and the balcony at the front is a great place to hang out. The pool and free internet are also great selling points. If you choose to go here then as long as you know what to expect and take tony with a pinch of salt you'll enjoy your stay. I would definately go back if I was to stay in Port MacQuarie

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Most unfriendly backpackers we have stayed in
12 December 2006
Cons
Definately the manager
Pros
Good facilities but the manager ruined the atmosphere
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We stayed at this hostel as a stopover on the way down to Sydney - this fact obviously made us not worth bothering with to the manager. He picked us up but once he discovered we were only there a night he gave us the "midnight tour" which basically meant he just showed us where the toilets were and nothing else. He didn't even tell us how to access the free internet which we overheard his telling others about! He was very rude, unhelpful and makes you feel like you're an inconvenience to him! You are made to be off the premises by 1pm the following day. The Sydney bus isn't until 6pm but he offers no sort of luggage storage and just said to us - "tough luck, thats what its like being a backpacker!" This is the first hostel in 3 months that we've found doesn't do storage! He even lied saying there were lockers down at the bus station but when he dropped us off he stated - "there is no greyhound desk but get out of my bus!" Later on we saw him trying to poach people from the bus to stay at his hostel by saying they'd get free internet and that you wouldn't get that at the YHA! Honestly it's not worth the bother! I wish we'd read the reviews on here first and trust us he's very patronising to girls! AVOID this hostel!!!

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ok for a stopover
17 October 2006
Cons
owner
Pros
koala hospital (cute)
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we stayed for 2 nights and i agrree with the last reviewer the owner was trying to hit on me infront of my boyfriend and hes way to old to be hitting on backpackers,i feel sorry for the girls who go there on there own. there was heaps of baby cockroaches around but port mac was ok the koala hospital was nice :( ;)

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Lovely place - watch out for the owner!!
16 May 2006
Cons
Coackroaches everywhere!!!!
Pros
Really nice small hostel, attracts nice people
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The hostel is in good condition and thoughtfully renovated. Very cutesy and homey! However the manager is an awful guy, one of those guys who thinks he's really funny but is actually rude and totally unapproachable! And man - Port Macquarie is bug central! Coackroaches everywhere - even on the damn beach! The beaches are totally average and the town is pretty much non-existent. Port Macquarie is a retirement village! Avoid this dump at all costs - what a waste of a stop! :angry:

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Anonymous
Backpackers Beware
16 January 2006
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The place itself was nice. Well kept, and clean, but we did NOT like the owner. He was not helpful at all, would not get anything for you (even if really simple) unless reception was open (and even then it was hard to track him down). He was rude to us, our food would always get eaten and thrown away...it was awful! There is a little group of people who have stayed there for a while, and if they like you then you will enjoy your time there, but otherwise they really make you feel like an outcast!!! We tried so hard to be friendly and get along with everyone (especially Tony) but it just didn't happen. Every other hostel we stayed at the staff were so friendly and we partied with everyone there. I would not recommend staying here, we did not enjoy our time here at all...

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Hadas&Adi
great place
29 August 2005
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we came for just 3 nights and ended up staying for 4 weeks (that sums it up). great hostel, clean rooms, nice ppl.. great town.. loved the bbq's at night and the pizzas for 5$, if you get a chance go to the kareoke. the manager, michelle gave us a time that we'll never forget. you'll love it

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seesacktourist
what a great place!!
22 January 2005
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i'm traveling now since a few month arround australia... so i've seen many hostels and other places to stay. but i've never seen a so an cool place like this! here you have realy the feeling "from backpacker to backpacker!" and Tony helps you where ever he could... thanks for the cool time! I was there only for a few days but it has been one of the best in australia... and the showers.... the showers are great!! never had seen in this kind ... thank you Tony...

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Sofi
So helpful and will be excellent when its finished
19 October 2004
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I stayed here for only one night, arriving at midnight and leaving again as the sun rose the next day but if i'd had more time i would definately have booked a couple of extra nights. This was the only hostel who was willing to come and pick us two girls up late at night which was good as Port Macquarie doesn't have the safest reputation. Although we were told on the phone that the hostel was only 500 yards from the bus station, when we walked back there the next day it was a LOT longer, maybe 15/20 minutes walk. The hostel has a new owner and he has done it up fabulously. When its restoration is done it will be really really nice. It seemed clean, and even though it is in one of the oldest houses in Macquaire its got a comfortable modern feel to it. I would definately reccomend this place with its helpful and friendly owner, an ex-traveller himself and who showed us around at midnight when we got there and we allmost couldnt get to the comfy beds as he was so enthusiastic about the place and what he's going to do. Good freebies too. Although when we left at dawn the next day we did find two girls on the verrandah who had arrived at 4am and had been told they could get in...they couldnt and had been sleeping in their bags outside for a few hours!!!

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Anonymous
lovin' lindels
14 March 2003
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this is one of the best hostels in nsw.stayed here 3 times over the last 3 years and it just gets better.very friendly,basic but clean rooms.the best thing about lindels is chillin'on th verandah in the evening.especially if you want to take it easy after a mad one in sydney. say hi to paul!!!!

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